Preschool

Galloway understands that young learners comprehend and enjoy stimulating concepts and material. Research findings in numerous fields, including neuroscience and cognitive psychology, have found the value of exposing the under five set to complex ideas and content. The research also confirms that children this age learn in very distinct ways that are dissimilar to how older children approach learning.

Therefore, our preschool program is designed to respect children and their developmental stages. We nurture the intellect, prioritize the creative process, and encourage relationships in a safe daily routine. Our process allows our youngest learners to feel valued and respected. It develops their self-efficacy skills in terms of confidence and perseverance, while building a solid academic foundation.

Our preschool program is comprised of Pre-K I and Pre-K II classes. Children’s placement in the Pre-Kindergarten classes is based on age, maturity, and social confidence. Our Preschool faculty work in tandem to assist all the children in the preschool and enhance their experience in our learning-rich environment.

We value:

  • Play as a critically important vehicle in students' intellectual and social development
  • Fun, engaged, hands-on, participatory learning
  • Integrated, thematic units of study
  • Experimentation and exploration
  • Development, expansion, and articulation of ideas
  • Collaboration, including the recognition and acceptance of others and their ideas
  • Exposure and exploration of a variety of experiences, projects, and discussions
  • Various opportunities to demonstrate knowledge and skill mastery
  • Cultivation of a global worldview
  • Growth of personal responsibility and integrity
  • Independent thinking and problem solving
  • Strong connection between home and school

Below is an overview of concepts covered at the preschool grade level. It is not a comprehensive list of skills or content covered. Rather, it is a sampling of the range and type of learning that comprise the 3's and preschool grade level curriculum.

Preschool Curriculum

Cooperative and Independent learning skills

  • Paying attention
  • Following directions
  • Actively participating
  • Working with focus
  • Showing growth in managing emotions
  • Handling materials responsibly
  • Helping others and speaking politely to others
  • Eagerly exploring new ideas and concepts
  • Developing tools to be a good friend
  • Understanding themselves as individuals
  • Using words to solve problems

Language Arts

Receptive/Expressive language

  • Understanding and responding to spoken language including directions
  • Developing oral vocabulary
  • Reciting finger plays, songs, nursery rhymes, reader's theater
  • Listening to and understanding stories
  • Expressing individual needs, feelings, and ideas
  • Modulating voice when communicating

Reading

  • Turning pages in a book from right to left
  • Making predictions
  • Recognizing uppercase letters
  • Recognizing letters through sound prompts
  • Participating in rhyming
  • Blending and segmenting sounds (Pre-K II, Pre-K I - when appropriate)

Writing

  • Recognizing and writing first name
  • Developing mature writing grip
  • Communicating ideas through pictures and words
  • Copying letters and words (Pre-K II, Pre-K I - when appropriate)

Social Studies

  • Building respect for others and self
  • Identifying characteristics of families
  • Various units such as Art and Fairy Tales
  • Exploring travel and trip destinations
  • Participating in service projects

Math

  • Building patterns
  • Recognizing numerals
  • Recognizing shapes
  • Measuring objects
  • Counting objects with one to one correspondence
  • Comparing and contrasting number values in various forms
  • Ordering numbers
  • Identifying, names, and manipulating shapes and units of measure
  • Combination and separation of sets
  • Developing math related vocabulary

Science

  • Exploring objects creatively
  • Recycling
  • Studying animal types and characteristics
  • Investigating color, light, and shadows
  • Developing units incorporating children’s interests

Arts

Dance

  • Recognizing movement as a key component of experiential learning
  • Exploring creative movement
  • Using dance to strengthen understandings in learning
  • Strengthening bodies and minds through movement
  • Building relationships with peers by working together
  • Learning and creating a variety of dances

Music

  • Using music as a tool for teaching content, memorization, making historical and cultural connections and for enjoyment of listening and singing
  • Growing deeper musical understandings
  • Building singing skills
  • Playing a variety of instruments
  • Creating original musical arrangements and learn musical concepts around melody, harmony, rhythm, form and musical expression.

Theatre

  • Imagining and creating through dramatic play
  • Using drama to build understanding and empathy around a variety of subjects
  • Enjoying performing

Visual Arts

  • Creating a variety of visual arts projects
  • Integrating and exploring subject matter studied such as science, social studies, language arts and math.
  • Exploring a wide variety of materials and forms in two and three dimensions.
  • Displaying and exhibiting work

Kinetic Wellness

  • Movement exploration: up, down, in, out, around, through, over, and under
  • Gross motor movements
  • Introduction to ball skills: tossing, throwing, catching, kicking
  • Hiking/nature walks
  • Chase, tag, parachute play
  • Dancing and singing
  • Balance activities/yoga
  • Following game directions
  • Bones, germs, healthy foods
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